Tagged: Ciudad Victoria

Mexican cops seize luxury ranch tied to border narco-governor

(BREITBART) — by Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby

Agents with the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office raided a luxury ranch tied to a former cartel-linked governor who is the target of an ongoing embezzlement and money laundering investigation.

Authorities raided a luxurious ranch tracing back to former Tamaulipas Governor Eugenio Hernandez. The agents also searched for two yet-unnamed individuals who are targets of the ongoing investigation against the former politician. The pair were not found during the raid.

State authorities arrested Hernandez last week in the state capital of Ciudad Victoria on warrants charging him with one count of embezzlement and one count of money laundering. The case against Hernandez is linked to the purchase of a large piece of state-owned coastal property that, according to authorities, he purchased for one percent of the property’s fair market value.

Since carrying out the arrest, authorities seized the large tract of property and raided a luxury ranch registered to one of the shell companies used by Hernandez. The property boasts a pool, tennis court, various buildings, and warehouses, as well as a rodeo arena.

The former politician is currently listed as a fugitive by the U.S. Department of Justice on multiple money laundering charges. Hernandez is wanted by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as well.

Despite his fugitive status in the U.S., Mexican authorities did not move against Hernandez–who lived with complete impunity–until Tamaulipas state authorities arrested him. The action by state authorities follows last year’s landslide election win by current governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca, who is from the National Action Party (PAN). Under Cabeza de Vaca’s term, investigators discovered that former PRI Governor Egidio Torre provided state cops as bodyguards to Hernandez and another fugitive cartel-linked governor, Tomas Yarrington.

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Cartel gunmen attack funeral procession in Mexican border state

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The raging cartel violence that continues to envelop this border state took an odd turn when gunmen killed two underage brothers and an adult woman who were taking part in the funeral procession of a recently murdered cartel member.

The multiple homicides took place south of this city along the highway that connects with the rural community of Soto La Marina.

Those attacked were taking part in the funeral procession of 20-year-old Jose Ramon Sandoval Garcia who was murdered in his home last week. Jose Ramon was linked to one of the cartels that operate in the city and was believed to have carried out local extortions. During the funeral procession, a team of rival cartel gunmen riding in various SUVs pulled up next to the procession and opened fire.

When the attack took place, the two 13-year-old brothers, Adolfo and Angel Ramizez Avalos, were struck by multiple bullets as they rode in the back of an older Ford F-150.

The sudden attack sent others fleeing in a panic as they attempted to avoid being shot by automatic bursts of gunfire. On the side of the road next to a barb wire fence, authorities located the body of the unidentified woman who appears to have been hit by a stray bullet and collapsed.

One of those in attendance rushed to a local gas station to call for help, asking for the military and the red cross to respond. By the time emergency personnel arrived, the two teenagers had died. Paramedics were able to tend to another teen named Cristian Azael Perez Torres, shot twice in the groin area and was rushed to the local children’s hospital in critical condition.

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Drug traffickers use social media to spread terror near Texas border

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — Cartel gunmen captured one of their rivals, tortured him, and used social media to disseminate a threatening video where they beat and behead their victim.

In the video, a group of hooded gunmen carrying various rifles stand before a kneeling, blindfolded victim and issue a short threat to the leadership of the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas. The gunmen claimed to be part of the Vieja Escuela Zeta or the “Old School” splinter of Los Zetas.

Soon after the gunmen issue the threat, they beat their victim with their rifles and another hooded man runs in with a machete to begin hacking away at their victim’s head. The victim has been only identified as “La Conequilla” a member of the CDN operations in Ciudad Victoria. Photos and videos of the beheading were via social media. The various messages issued threats against Raul “Borrego” Gamez Moreno and Elvis “Morelos” Santiago, as well as their families living in Ciudad VIctoria.

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Cartel frees teen inmates in Mexican border state

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — A team of cartel gunmen from one of the factions of Los Zetas rescued eight teenagers serving various prison terms at a juvenile center in the town of Guemez, north of this city.

After beating and threatening detention center officers and staff, two teams of cartel gunmen were able to remove the juvenile inmates. Because the facility is meant to hold underage offenders, the security conditions were no match for the team of gunmen.

The breakout caused a massive deployment of military and police forces to detain the escapees. One day later, authorities claimed they captured two of the fugitives.

An intelligence report revealed that the inmates were busted out under orders of a cartel boss known only as Z-28. The juvenile detention center is just a short drive north from Ciudad Victoria along the highway that connects with the border city of Matamoros.

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Mexican cartel gunmen murder toddler, family in shooting spree

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — Cartel gunmen murdered a two-year-old boy and his family in the most recent execution in a trend of violence without end.

On Sunday early morning, a team of gunmen stormed a home in the Infonavit Aldama neighborhood, a housing project in the city.

The gunmen went around the perimeter shooting the four family members, including a two-year-old boy.

A series of graphic photographs obtained by the Cartel Chronicles project reveal in gory detail how the gunmen killed Jose Esteban Huerta, 37, his wife Yolanda de la Cruz Urbina (40), their daughter 19-year-old Yahaira Elizabeth Huerta de la Cruz and two-year-old Jose Ramiro Huerta de la Cruz.

As Breitbart Texas reported, Ciudad Victoria is ground zero for a fierce war between Los Zetas Cartel factions. Through executions, kidnappings, shootouts and other violent means, the rivals continue to fight for lucrative drug distribution territories and trafficking routes to the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Initially, the war was between the Cartel Del Noreste faction that primarily operates in Nuevo Laredo and the border state of Coahuila and the alliance of Vieja Escuela Z and Grupo Bravo. Since then, Grupo Bravo (now using the name Z) and Vieja Escuela have disbanded their alliance and now the three factions continue a war on separate fronts.

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More violence expected as cartel splinters in Northern Mexico

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA

A series of banners hung this week point to yet another split within the Los Zetas cartel and more violence as a result.

As Breitbart Texas has reported, for more than one year, two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel have been fighting for control of key drug trafficking territories. The violence between the Los Zetas factions called Cartel Del Noreste and Grupo Bravo/Zetas Vieja Escuela has spread terror in this city as shootouts, kidnappings and gory executions have become an almost daily occurrence. The fighting has since spread from the state of Tamaulipas into Nuevo Laredo and Coahuila.

As a result of the fighting, Los Zetas Vieja Escuela recently met in Matamoros to work out a partnership with their former allies in the Gulf Cartel, Breitbart Texas reported. In exchange for using the Gulf Cartel routes, Los Zetas Vieja Escuela would share funds, weapons and manpower.

Most recently, cartel gunmen from Grupo Bravo hung a series of banners throughout Ciudad Victoria announcing an internal split within the cartel faction. The gunmen who hang the banner are now calling themselves Grupo de la O, or the O Group. Mexican law enforcement sources consulted by Breitbart Texas revealed that the name is a reference to jailed Gulf Cartel boss and Los Zetas founder Osiel Cardenas Guillen.

Mexican intelligence sources in Mexico revealed that the Grupo de la O is based out of Matamoros and appears to be made up of relatives of the Cardenas family as well as the Gulf Cartel cells called Cobra, Satan, Puma and Chuta. “Old Cobras” is the nickname used within the Gulf Cartel to refer to each of the original members of the Los Zetas during the time when the two were allies.

The new player fighting for Ciudad Victoria adds another layer to the already bloody fight for the city. Almost every day, citizen journalists or authorities have reported new shootings, gun battles or gruesome executions as the cartel members fight for control.

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Los Zetas cartel civil war brings kidnappings and executions to Mexican state bordering Texas

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA — Cartel violence continues to rain down terror in this city as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel fight for territorial control. The violence continues to hold average citizens hostage as cartel gunmen carry out kidnappings, executions and other violence acts in public venues and in broad daylight.

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, two rival factions of the Los Zetas drug cartel have spend a little over seven months fighting over the Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the border state of Tamaulipas. One faction calling themselves Vieja Escuela Z (Old School Z) with the help of another group called Grupo Bravo, have made a push for the city and tried to remove the faction known as Cartel Del Noreste (CDN). The later faction picked that name in an effort to distance themselves from the cruel practices commonly associated with Los Zetas.

Tamaulipas authorities have focused on kidnapping cases since cartel linked groups have taken advantage of the raging violence to target innocent victims for profit. Despite the violence, high ranking government officials have largely ignored the events and as Breitbart Texas previously reported, have ordered the release of captured organized crime leaders, much to the displeasure of police forces on the ground.

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Mexican government, media silent as civil war executions become everyday event

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The Mexican government and local media remain silent while cartel violence and executions have become a common occurrence in this city as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel continue to fight for control.

While government officials and news outlet remain largely silent, citizens journalists continue to use social media and messaging applications to warn each other about the impending dangers outside of their front door.

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel, known as Vieja Escuela Zeta/Grupo Bravo and Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) have been fighting for control of this city. The violent turf war has resulted in a regular beheadings and gory executions.

One of the more disturbing trends deals with the increasing number of underage teenagers who have joined the ranks of organized crime. Last week, Mexican federal police tracked down and rescued a kidnapping victim. During the rescue attempt, one of the three kidnappers tried to fight off authorities and was quickly gunned down. The other two kidnappers were identified as being only 14- and 17-years-old respectively.

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